Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan
Anthony T. Kronman
October 25, 2016
1176 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
We live in an age of disenchantment. The number of self-professed “atheists” continues to grow. Yet many still feel an intense spiritual longing for a connection to what Aristotle called the “eternal and divine.” For those who do, but demand a God that is compatible with their modern ideals, a new theology is required. This is what Anthony Kronman offers here, in a book that leads its readers away from the inscrutable Creator of the Abrahamic religions toward a God whose inexhaustible and everlasting presence is that of the world itself. Kronman defends an ancient conception of God, deepened and transformed by Christian belief—the born-again paganism on which modern science, art, and politics all vitally depend. Brilliantly surveying centuries of Western thought—from Plato to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant, from Spinoza to Nietzsche, Darwin, and Freud—Kronman recovers and reclaims the God we need today.
“An extraordinary work of scholarship. There is no comparable work of such universal ambition and theological depth.”—José Casanova, Georgetown University
Yale University Press director John Donatich and Anthony Kronman discuss what it means to be a born-again pagan in society today.